Marquette Basketball: Golden Eagles Nab 4-Star Recruit Malek Harris

Matt BarbatoCorrespondent IJune 27, 2013

After reaping in an impressive 2013 recruiting class that features three ESPN Top 100 players, Buzz Williams has landed his first commitment in the 2014 group.

The Golden Eagles received a verbal commitment from 6'7'' power forward Malek Harris from Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Illinois, according to a report from NBC Sports.

Harris announced his commitment on Twitter saying "Officially committed to Marquette to be a Golden Eagle!!!!"

Harris is a perfect fit for Marquette's system because of his bruising and brutal style of play. He also fits the physical mold Williams has used at the position previously, the most recent example being Jae Crowder, who was named Big East Player of the Year two seasons ago.

The Golden Eagles typically play with a power forward who can space the floor, drive the lane and hit shots from the outside. Harris is also a surprisingly strong rebounder because of his athleticism.

By the time Harris gets onto campus, Marquette will have lost Davante Gardner, Chris Otule and Jamil Wilson, all of whom will be seniors this upcoming season. This leaves only Steve Taylor Jr., Juan Anderson and Jameel McKay as the remaining forwards on Marquette's roster for the 2014 season.

Harris could log solid minutes as a freshman as Taylor is more of an outside player and doesn't rebound well while McKay, a junior college transfer, plays more of an inside game by utilizing his physicality and rebounding ability.

Anderson is extremely undersized and hasn't lived up to the hype of his recruitment. He was granted his release from the team in the spring before deciding to return to Marquette.

Harris has the size and skill Williams covets at the power forward position and could develop into an excellent weapon after a couple of years of polishing.